Nevada Medicine Weekly

Nevada Medicine Weekly | January 30, 2018

News for A Healthy Nevada

Dr. Pasternak and Dr. Schwenk

Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., receives Washoe County Medical Society Community Service Award

The Washoe County Medical Society honored UNR Med Dean Thomas L. Schwenk, M.D., with a Community Service Award for extraordinary community events and efforts.

Schwenk received the award during the Washoe County Medical Society's 112th Inaugural Dinner, Jan. 13. He was recognized for his leadership and role in UNR Med's transformation to a full four-year medical school in Reno, all while maintaining statewide operations and improving rural medicine outreach including in Elko. When Schwenk arrived to Nevada in 2011, the medical school was split with students completing their first two years in Reno and their last two years in Las Vegas.

Continue reading about Dr. Schwenk’s contributions to the continued tradition of excellence at UNR Med.


Culture is everything. We want to hear from you!

To help us better understand how our culture can facilitate or block our success, we are conducting a culture survey with all UNR Med staff (including ICS staff), faculty, students, and residents. We want to understand if we have set a strategy that is clearly defined and shared. Is the way we make decisions and interact internally, as well as the relevance and impact of our strategies and goals to our external constituents, easily understood?

Denison Consulting has administered the electronic survey, and all responses will be sent directly to Denison, allowing for total confidentiality.

The more people who share their voices, the more accurate a portrayal of the UNR Med landscape. Please take a few moments to complete the survey. It only takes about 20 minutes, which is why we have set an aspirational, yet achievable, goal of 100 percent participation.

Thank you for your participation. We look forward to sharing the full range of culture data in the weeks and months to come.

Medical Nutrition Initiative introduces block three lab to teach gut microbes and valuable cooking skills

After Associate Dean for Medical Education Timothy Baker, M.D., brought inspiration from last year's regional WGEA/WGSA conference back to the UNR Med Wellness Program, Associate Dean for Student Affairs Cherie Singer, Coordinator for Student Development and Academic Enrichment Ranna Nash and post-baccalaureate and incoming medical student Tasha Vasqeuz established the Medical Nutrition Initiative.

Since its inception, the Medical Nutrition Initiative has included a few extracurricular workshops sponsored by the UNR Med Wellness Program. In an effort to increase the initiative's reach, Block Three Directors David Howard, M.D., Ph.D., and Kevin Facemyer, Ph.D., helped establish a one-hour nutrition lab during the GI, Endocrine and Reproductive block, where students were introduced to the science of gut biomes, presented with research on cancer and gut biomes and three new plant-based recipes they then cooked for themselves!

The student feedback to the lab was remarkable, and the hope is to create a four-year longitudinal nutrition curriculum.

Updates to the UNR Med Brand Toolkit – Social icons now live on email signatures

You can now add all of UNR Med's social media icons to your email signature! As part of Advancement and Engagement's continued effort to ensure total brand cohesion across UNR Med, all social media icons available from the brand toolkit now link directly to UNR Med's social media accounts. If you haven't already, please take a few moments to update your email signature and help UNR Med continue to put our best foot forward.

It's been a few months since Advancement and Engagement launched the brand toolkit, and we're checking in to see what you think and how you're doing. If you would like to provide feedback on the brand toolkit, please contact Communications Marketing Director Christy Jerz.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Holiday: Presidents' Day

February 19, 2018

Events for January 30 – February 6, 2018

ECHO Clinics: Diabetes and General Endocrine

February 1, 2018 • 8–9 a.m.
Case Consultations

ECHO Clinics: Complex Pediatrics

February 2, 2018 • 12–1 p.m.
Type I Diabetes and Eating Disorders: A Psychological Approach

Student Outreach Clinics: General and Pediatrics Clinics

February 3, 2018 • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.
General and Pediatric Clinic

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UNR School of Medicine expanding to better serve the community – and Nevada

January 28, 2018 • Northern Nevada Business Weekly
Despite increases in the number of licensed health professionals in the Silver State in recent years, the faster pace of population growth has kept health service availability "treading water," a recent report concludes. In 2017, health care employees made up 11 percent of Nevada's total workforce. Each of the 5,000 physicians in the state generate an additional 55,000 to 56,000 jobs in diverse industries and contribute $2 million to the economy. The UNR School of Medicine is working to enlarge those ripples, Packham and Schwenk said, by increasing the number of medical professionals in Northern Nevada and adding new programs.

PEOPLE: Shari Netzel, University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine

January 26, 2018 • Northern Nevada Business Weekly
Shari Netzel has been named director of development and alumni relations for the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine.

School Watch: Bilingual Grant

January 24, 2018 • KTVN
In School Watch, the UNR School of Medicine is teaming up with local high schools to encourage bilingual students to pursue a career in STEM.

Grant to benefit bilingual Washoe County students interested in healthcare

January 23, 2018 • KRNV
The Washoe County School District says students who speak English and Spanish and are interested in careers in healthcare could benefit from a five-year grant awarded to the University of Nevada, Reno.

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University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine names Shari Netzel as Director of Development and Alumni Relations

January 23, 2018
The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) has named Shari Netzel as director of development and alumni relations.

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